The country keeps deporting people who came here without legal papers. Many of them simply do not have a driver’s license. Immigration advocates want the president to suspend deporting these people. They want him to deport criminals. He says he cannot do much more under present law.
The president supports reform of immigration laws. He sympathizes with the families of deportees. He issued an order of deferral allowing some of their children to stay in the country.
The president is trying tough law enforcement. He hopes it help him win Republican support. So far, it has not. When he tries to stop entry at the Mexican border Republicans say he is ignoring undocumented workers settled within the United States.
Opponents do not want to change the legal status of undocumented residents. They do not want to put them on a path to citizenship. Many of the opponents do support changes in visa programs. They want to help educated foreigners hold jobs in the U.S. They want guest worker programs to help farmers harvest their crops. They do not want to help people who entered the country without visas or who have overstayed their visa.
Advocates are complaining that the president is not doing enough. He says changes by executive order will strengthen opponents of immigration reform.
President Obama has ordered a review of deportation practices. Changes that make it easier on families would help him with advocates. Other changes, like focusing on criminals, might help him win over some opponents.
Source: The New York Times April 6, 2014